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HS2 update from British Waterways



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British Waterways has established a project team to respond to the formal public consultation on High Speed Two (HS2).  We have met HS2’s Head of Environment and Development and their Senior Route Engineer and now have a better understanding of the proposed route and how it intersects with our network of inland waterways.  At this stage, we have no detailed engineering drawings providing any details relating to piling, tunneling, bridges, bridge abutments, retaining walls, cuttings, embankments and so on.  This level of detail is expected to come forward as part of the Bill Preparation in early 2012 (following the Government’s expected announcement on its review of the public consultation at the end of the year).  In the meantime, we are consulting internally to assess its impact on any affected canals, navigable rivers, operational and non-operational land, heritage assets, wildlife sites, canal restorations schemes and other important sites and assets that we are responsible for.  We will aim to ensure that any impacts are mitigated and, where possible, enhanced.  We will also be investigating the impact of the proposals on the waterways’ commercial interests.  
For your information, the 2 points where it affects your patch are highlighted in yellow.  I’ll send a proper internal consultation to you and other key internal consultees shortly (well before the 29 July deadline).
Euston to Coleshill Junction

  1. Tunnel under Regent’s Canal (immediately to the west of Bridge 16 at Gloucester Road) at an estimated depth of 30m;

  2. Tunnel under Paddington Arm (immediately under Bridges 6 and 7d at Scrubs Lane) at an estimated depth of 36m;

  3. Bridge over the Paddington Arm (immediately over Bridge 16 in Northolt) at an estimated height of 3m above water level;

  4. Viaduct over the Grand Union Canal (approximately 500m north of Bridge 181 and approximately 150m south of Harefield Marina) at an estimated height of 15m above water level;

  5. Bridge over the Oxford Canal (approximately 50m east of Bridge 128) at an estimated height of 3m above water level.  It also runs close to the Oxford Canal approximately 300m south-west of Bridge 127;

  6. Viaduct over the Grand Union Canal (approximately 100m east of Bridge 31) at an estimated height of 7m above water level;


Coleshill Junction to Curzon Street (Birmingham Spur)

  1. Bridge over the Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal (immediately over Bridges 108A-C) at an estimated height of 3m above water level;

  2. Viaduct over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal – Digbeth Branch (immediately over Lock 6) at an estimated height of 12m above water level;


Coleshill Junction to Lichfield (connection to West Coast mainline)

  1. Viaduct over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal (between and over Locks 4 and 5) at an estimated height of 10m above water level;

  2. Bridge over the disused Wyrley and Essington Canal (immediately over the Capper’s Lane Bridge) at an estimated height of 14m above water level and runs alongside the Coventry Canal (nearest point approximately 100m west of Bridge 84)

  3. Bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal (approximately 600m south-west of Bridge 52) at an estimated height of 1.5m above water level; and

  4. Bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal (immediately to the north of Woodend Lock) at an estimated height of 1m above water level.




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